Angus B MacNeil MP has been encouraged by the joint efforts of the Scottish Government, Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), Loganair and the military to ensure that transport is available to take Islanders with Covid -19 to the Intensive Care facilities not available within the Scottish Islands.
Commenting Mr MacNeil said
“Many in the Islands were concerned that transport of seriously ill patients from the Islands would be difficult during this pandemic crisis. I wrote to Scottish Ambulance Service and was heartened by their response telling me of the efforts they were making in conjunction with the Scottish Government to ensure the most seriously affected would be transported from the Islands to receive Intensive Care.
“The pictures of the Loganair Twin Otter equipped for this work is testimony to their efforts and the vital part that Loganair has within the Islands. Many will have memories of Loganair Air Ambulance planes from the past and it is good to see this company again putting their efforts into providing a much-needed service for the Islands at what is a very uncertain time for them. A number of military aircraft have also been placed on standby for transport of patients throughout Scotland.
“At this time it is good to remember the amount of co-operation taking place among many statutory bodies, SAS, the NHS nationally and here in the Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and their employees from carers to refuse collectors, office staff, teachers and many others and I applaud all of them for their efforts. Worth remembering too all the volunteers who have registered to help their communities and all who help friends, neighbours and families during this difficult time.
“Importantly, we must all do our part and stay in, wash our hands and when out for our exercise or shopping maintain social distancing”.